Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1730, the 'Pawle, Ben Venuto'


Cello: 41556

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1720"

Back: Two-piece of horizontal medium to narrow curl in the center, becoming fainter towards the flanks

Top: Very fine grain in the center, opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: Plainer wood

Ribs: Medium to narrow curl

Varnish: Reddish-brown

Length of back: 74.4 cm

Upper bouts: 32.1 cm

Middle bouts: 20.9 cm

Lower bouts: 41.4 cm

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Notes:

"The present instrument retains the original proportions, a fact remarked upon in Hill (Antonio Stradivari His Life and Work, p. 143), where it is further recalled that Laurie was responsible for altering the date on the label from 1730 to 1720."

Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, Part II, November 14, 1985, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, Part II, November 14, 1985, London


Instrument #187 at the South Kensington Special Exhibition of 1872.

Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Carl Engel, Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, London


"The 'Pawle' is one of seven known cellos made by Stradivari around 1730 on the 'forma B piccola' model, a narrower version of the previously used 'forma B'. . . The patterns for this model bear inscriptions which are likely in the handwriting of Francesco, so it is logical to presume that he was responsible for the new design. One cas also see the participation of Francesco in the construction of the 'Pawle'. . ."

Cremona 1730-1750: the Olympus of Violin Making, Christopher Reuning, editor, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 2008

Provenance

- Luigi Tarisio
- Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
until 1866 Honorable Mr. Greaves
until 1867 W. E. Hill & Sons
1867 - 1877 Frederick Pawle
1877 - 1878 W. E. Hill & Sons
1878 - 1880 Edward Hennell
in 1879 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1879 - 1882 Caspar Gottlieb Meier
from 1882 Gand & Bernardel, Freres
- David Johnson
until 1885 W. E. Hill & Sons
1885 - 1890 Baron Johann Knoop
from 1890 Captain H. S. Murray
until 1900 Hugo Becker
... ...
1908 - 1932 H. B. Merton
1932 - 1937 Mertons
in 1937 Sold by Emil Herrmann
from 1937 Mrs. James W. Fesler
- Marie Roemat-Rosanoff
1975 - 1985 Paul Olefsky
from 1985 Bernard Goldblatt
in 1990 Sold by Bein & Fushi, Inc
from 1990 Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, Taiwan

Known players

Marie Roemat-Rosanoff, Reiner Hochmuth

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Bein & Fushi, Inc, Chicago, IL (1991)
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann (1937)

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References

  • Antonio Stradivari - Catalogue of the 2008 Exhibit in Montpelier, Peter Biddulph, Frédéric Chaudière & John Dilworth, Musée Fabre / Actes Sud, Montpelier, 2008 (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Bein & Fushi 1992 Calendar, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1992 (illustrated)
  • Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Carl Engel, London, 1872
  • Correspondence with Fuchi Hsu of the Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, May, 2004
  • Cremona 1730-1750: the Olympus of Violin Making, Christopher Reuning, editor, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 2008 (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (illustrated)
  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston, 2006 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads
  • Violins & Violinists, December, 1942, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1942 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1987, John Dilworth, London, 1987 (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, Part II, November 14, 1985, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Chi-Mei Collection of Fine Violins, Jen-wu Chen, Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, 1997 (illustrated)
  • The Legend of Italian Violins: Brescian and Cremonese Violin Makers 1550-1950, Wen-Lo Shi, Taiwan, 2009 (illustrated)
  • The Strad 2007 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London, 2006 (illustrated)
  • The Stradivari Memorial (1977), William Dana Orcutt, Da Capo Press, New York, 1977 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • The ‘Pawle, Ben Venuto’ Stradivari cello, c. 1730, Alessandra Barabaschi https://tarisio.com/cozio-archive/cozio-carteggio/pawle-benvenuto-stradivari-cello-1730/ (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)

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